ABCD CHAIDA MAINU, VADI BIDDI CHAIDA MAINU
CTV CHAIDA MAINU, LCD VI CHAIDA MAINU
LAAL MERCEDES CHAIDI MAINU, LAAL KILA VI CHAIDA MAINU
AEY CHAIDA, O CHAIDA
MAINU CHAIDA CHAIDA, CHAIDA CHAIDA
These lines describe the truth about the materialistic world we live in today, where we always want something which we think, make or, will make us happy.
But when you volunteer, you do not WANT, you GIVE – then you get a feeling, “that’s something else”. We all want that feeling and we get only when we go for SMILE In-turn-ship.
Once I was helping a blind person to cross the road. So we walked together for a few paces. “It’s straight down from there. There’s in-coming traffic, so be careful” I said, as I let my hand say “I am about to let go”. She said “Thank you” and left. She walked away, perhaps, with my voice as the only momentary memory she could hold on to. It was a simple transaction of trust that caught in my throat. She had trusted a complete stranger, in her a world of darkness to reach where she was going. My steps were heavy with the thought of how little we trust in today’s world. I went home and she did too. My eyes were not fully opened yet but there’s a realisation that my world could be different and the blind girl had helped me see that. Burdened with grudges and taught not to trust, we are we losing out on life because we are blind to what trust can let us experience..
That’s what the whole experience of SMILE In-turn-ship is all about, where your paradigm will be shaken and you will realise that my world could be different and, was actually already so. It’s about your journey from self to society and from Me to We.
We all have our own reason for doing SMILE In-turn-ship – The lust for drifting amidst the unknown; the love towards experiencing a new culture; the need to meet new people; the desire to just leave all behind; the need to forego or, to find yourself (like me) – the ‘new’, the ‘exciting’, the ‘different’ and the ‘adventure’ – it’s all there when you go for SMILE!
Everyone should experience this In-turn-ship once in their lifetime. There is without doubt, a lot of happiness or even comfort in sharing the beauty you come across when you SMILE and, in the end, as you discover through this journey, it’s not about the smile, it’s about you.
Well you are (what you love)
And you do (what you love)
And you share (with your heart)
Yeah you give (with your heart)
What you share with this world
Is what it keeps of you.
Ravinder (SMILE Volunteer)
Registrations for the Summer SMILE In-turn-ship are ongoing. The next batch of SMILE-ers leaves on May 31st 2013.
Come, join us on this passage from ‘Me’ to ‘We’. Come, SMILE with us!